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's-Hertogenbosch - 6 th of April Apr. 7th, 2005 @ 05:07 pm
I took a day of work so that Pius Floris could kill my tree.
This gave me time to take more pictures for you.

These are collected in a temporary gallery for this date, but
they are also added to the appropriate theme galleries.

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's-Hertogenbosch - Landmarks Apr. 6th, 2005 @ 11:40 am
What makes a city so distinct from any other?

What features makes it plain to another what town he or she is watching?

These are some of the landmarks which, in my opinion, define 's-Hertogenbosch.

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's-Hertogenbosch - WWII Apr. 6th, 2005 @ 11:20 am
This is an ongoing project and currently only has 6 pictures in it, but I will update it when I get new pictures.

's-Hertogenbosch has, if I remember correctly, only been fought over twice.
Once during the Dutch revolution (they tried often, but only suceeded one), and once during the second world war.

At the 2nd world war, when Market Garden had failed, the British turned west from Nijmegen to secure the lands south of the river Meuse, in order to be able to use Antwerp harbor.

There are only 4 south-north bridges across the river Meuse, 1 near Rotterdam, which saw action in May 1940 when Germany invaded, one near Nijmegen, which saw action in September 1944 during Market Garden1.

The other two are both near 's-Hertogenbosch.
These and some other things (railway nexus, provincal capital, bishopry, and the location of a concentrain camp) made the town important enough for the German to protect fiercly.

Also troops from western Brabant were retreating from the advancing Canadian (from Belgium), and needed bridges to cross the river northwards. As the Rotterdam bridge was deemed unsafe due to the proximity of allied troops, the German forces went eastwards towards Heusen (just west of town). Thus when British troops (led by the 53rd Welsh Division) resistance was fierce and all bridges across the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal were blown.

Eventually, step by step, the town was taken.
My maternal grandparental home was located in the center of town at the banks of the Dommel. After the British stormed over the lock gates of Sluis 0 and had fought their way through the city center, they were halted again by another body of water (the Dommel river) with the Germans on the other side of it. Fierce gunfights were carried out right in my grandparent's backyard.

My father lived outside of the city center, near a park where for some time Polish troops where stationed.

Bith my parents told me about the artillary exchanges at that winter, with the Allies on the south bank and the Germans on the north infrequently takeing potshots at each other.

's-Hertogenbosch - WWII

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1 Usualy, outside of the Netherlands, Operation Market Garden was considered a resounding failure. Not so in the Netherlands. Even thought it failed to get the Allied forces into the German heartlands in did manage to liberate a large part of our country.
Also Allied blood flowed in Dutch soil in order to liberate us. We wil never forget that, and will always honor those who fell.

's-Hertogenbosch - Binnendieze Apr. 6th, 2005 @ 12:14 am
The Binnendieze is part of the river Dieze. The town is literaly build on top of the river, which is now almost completely hidden from view.

In the 60s the city council proposed to have it filled in as a way to combat the foulness of it. It has used, throughout the centuries, for both transport and sewerage.

Fortunately they turned around 180 degrees and decided to clean and restore it.

Binnendieze, river under the city

edit (7 April 2005): Added thumbnails

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's-Hertogenbosch - Downtown Apr. 6th, 2005 @ 12:11 am
's-Hertogenbosch(literally "Duke's Woods" in Dutch; translated in French as Bois-le-Duc), unofficially also called Den Bosch, is a municipality in the Netherlands, the capital of the province of North Brabant. It is located in the south of the Netherlands, some 80 km south of Amsterdam.

It is the city I was born, and raised in.
Currently I do not live in 's-Hertogenbosch city, but I do live in the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch.

Downtown 's-Hertogenbosch

Wikipedia entry

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